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February 13, 2005

Iran goes public with stealth torpedo production

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

The cards on the table get ever closer to being called. Iran seems to continue on a path that may lead the U.S. to having only one option for stopping the danger of increased terrorism capacity via nuclear weapons available from Iran. The chips are ever-more increasingly tilting the risk/benefit ratio from no action to action sooner-rather-than-later being the only option.

Iran on Saturday officially launched production of a line of stealth torpedoes, calling it the latest effort to step up its defense capabilities against possible threats, state-run television reported.

Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying that the torpedo can operate stealthily in both shallow and deep water and is capable of hitting targets at both sea and sub-sea levels. He said Iran is raising its defense capabilities to counter potential threats.

Television footage showed about a dozen torpedoes and said they could be launched from helicopters, ships or submarines. No details were provided on the range and speed of the torpedo.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said last month that Iran will defend itself should the United States initiate any aggression. He was responding to reports suggesting the US may be considering military action against Iran.

Posted by Hyscience at February 13, 2005 5:50 PM



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